Perilous Professions: Sustaining Resilience as a Human Services Professional - Brisbane
Monday, 5 December 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (AEST)
What’s it all about?
A great deal of evidence exists via research, practice and personal narrative, to support the belief that working in services which provide support to marginalised, traumatised and disadvantaged community members is inherently stressful. This workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on your professional experience in 2016 and examine how well you have been able to sustain resilience in both professional and personal realms. The workshop will be an opportunity at the end of the year to stop and draw breath, reflect on your journey throughout 2016 and explore what strategies you would like to implement in 2017 to develop and sustain your resilience.
This workshop will utilise the vicarious trauma framework to assist in understanding the factors that contribute to human service delivery professionals experiencing work related trauma or secondary traumatic stress. The workshop will also focus on what contributes to the development and sustainability of resilience across physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual domains. A key message within the workshop will be that both organisations and individual workers have responsibilities to ensure sustained resiliency in the workplace.
In this session we will explore:
1. What is vicarious trauma?
2. Identifying factors that contribute to vicarious trauma
3. Identifying the potential impact on human service professionals,
4. Exploring strategies to modify the effects of vicarious trauma,
5. Exploring contributions to resiliency
6. Development of individual resiliency plans for participants.
Presenter Bio – Penny Gordon
Penny Gordon has a 30 year career as a psychologist and currently works in private practice both in clinical and organisational areas of psychology, consulting broadly across a range of sectors and areas of practice. Penny has consulted widely within the Early Childhood and Educational Care sector for over a decade. In recent years she has assisted early childhood professionals to integrate and implement the paradigms associated with the National Quality Framework and in transforming pedagogical principles into high quality professional practice. Penny is a highly regarded trainer and facilitator and as well as regularly presenting professional development programs has also taught extensively in post graduate university courses.
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Health and Community Services Workforce Council Inc.
Since we were founded in 1992, the Workforce Council has supported the health and community services industry to meet their current and future workforce needs, and has developed into one of Queensland’s leading industry workforce bodies.
We enjoy a reputation as an inclusive and active peak body that delivers insightful, informed and intelligent support in workforce insights, strategy and capability.
Our team cares about the industry and has helped thousands of people to make positive improvements in their day-to-day work practices across a range of disciplines and skill-sets.
Over more than two decades, the Workforce Council has developed unique and effective expertise which is underpinned by a truly collaborative approach and deep connections with industry, community and government.
We enhance the important work being done by health and community services workers throughout Queensland who provide essential services that make our communities healthier, more liveable and cohesive.
Our vibrant industry faces increasing pressure to meet the needs of communities, families and individuals right across Queensland. The Workforce Council provides practical support and sense of connection, helping you and our industry as a whole to work well together.